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Hillary Clinton Dings Facebook For Allowing Trump To Publish ‘Outright Lies’ And ‘Propaganda’

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Facebook Tuesday for supposedly allowing President Donald Trump to publish what she called “fake endorsements.”

Clinton dinged the social media company at George Washington University for providing the president with a platform to spread his “propaganda efforts.” Facebook has a lot of explaining to do, she told an audience Tuesday at the “In Defense of American Democracy” forum, according to The Daily Beast.

“The Trump campaign is already spending hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars on Facebook each week to spread fake endorsements and outright lies about Democrats,” she added, without providing evidence.

Clinton added: “They have been doing this since after the 2017 inauguration, but it’s getting at an even higher velocity now … And even though these posts violate Facebook’s stated Terms of Service, they’re still up. Facebook is still paid for them.”

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing from the White House on September 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to Albuquerque, N.M. to attend a "Keep America Great" rally. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing from the White House on September 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

It’s not clear what examples she was referring to, but reports from August show that Facebook pulled a Trump ad for violating policies that prohibit “content that asserts or implies personal attributes,” including “direct or indirect assertions or implications” about traits such as race, ethnicity and gender.

Facebook’s system for identifying ads that violate company policy is automated and that humans are used to “train” its AI “and in some cases, review specific ads.” (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Trump Accuses Social Media Companies Of Interfering On Hillary’s Behalf)

Trump’s campaign is spending roughly 44% of its Facebook ad budget on the baby boomer generation, media reports show.

The president’s opponents are spending 27% of their budgets on older generations, while his team’s ad blitz is mostly focused around discussing immigration. His ability to collect earned media are also propelling the president’s campaign, as it did in 2016.

Clinton did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment through her spokesman Nick Merrill.

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